Rural Midwestern Mexican Fathers’ Perspectives on Family Food, Mealtimes, and Physical Activity

Date
2020-12-01
Authors
Greder, Kimberly
Zaman, Andrew
Greder, Kimberly
Routh, Brianna
Hammons, Amber
Villegas, Elizabeth
Major Professor
Advisor
Committee Member
Journal Title
Journal ISSN
Volume Title
Publisher
Altmetrics
Authors
Research Projects
Organizational Units
Journal Issue
Series
Department
Human Development and Family Studies
Abstract

Two focus group interviews with eight low-income Mexican fathers in two communities in a rural Midwestern state explored fathers’ perceptions, behaviors, and roles related to child and family food consumption, mealtimes, and physical activity. On average, fathers were 34 years of age, had 10 years of formal education, and annual household incomes ranged from $36,250 to $46,249. Findings include the identification of fifteen themes through the process of thematic analysis that are organized by five thematic areas of interest (family food patterns, strategies for healthy eating, family roles in food shopping and preparation, family mealtimes, physical activity among families). Findings revealed ways fathers contributed to their children’s and families’ health and well-being, and challenges they faced. Health promotion efforts aimed at rural, low-income Mexican immigrant families can benefit from embracing fathers’ perspectives and how they influence the health and well-being of their children and families.

Comments

This accepted article is published as Greder, K., Zaman, A., Routh, B., Hammons, A., Villegas, E., Rural Midwestern Mexican fathers’ perspectives on family food, mealtimes, and physical activity, Ecology of Food and Nutrition, Dec 18 2020. Doi: 10.1080/03670244.2020.1858408. Posted with permission.

Description
Keywords
Citation
DOI
Collections